Rufus McNair Cemetery

Thanks to the generosity of another researcher with family ties to Washington County, NC, I now have pictures of one of the most important cemeteries in my family research.  The cemetery is the Rufus McNair Cemetery of Plymouth, North Carolina.  I first learned of this cemetery in 2006 and was thrilled then to know of it.   Rufus Tannahill McNair is my 3rd great-grandfather and I’ve posted about him several times.

I received the pictures this evening after getting home and I cried.  I cried because I’ve been looking at the names of those buried here on a piece of paper for 4 years (the local gen society county cemetery transcription book).  From that record, I knew that almost everyone in the cemetery is related to me.  But, it was a moving experience to now see their headstones.

Rufus McNair & Mariah Wimberly McNair monument

While I was happy to see the headstone for my ancestor, Rufus & Mariah,  the one that made me cry the most was that of John Lee Boone.  He is a cousin of mine who passed away in January and I do regret that I was not able to meet him before he passed.  I did have an at-length phone conversation with him once about the McNair family history.  He was the last of the five McNair family members who started the annual McNair Family Reunion that is held during Memorial Day Weekend.

This year is the 40th year of the reunion, dedicated to John Lee’s memory,  and I am planning to attend.  I’ve been to Plymouth one time, I was 9 months old, and a visit to my grandmother’s hometown is long overdue.  Especially after getting these photos; I need to physically visit these grounds.  And, I’m eager to meet my extended McNair Family.

You can view all the cemetery photos in the NCGenWeb Cemetery Gallery.

Comments (5)

  1. Renate

    I can truly feel the emotion in this post. That’s great that the other researcher was able to help you out. I look forward to hearing about your experiences once you get to travel to Washington County.


  2. taneya (Post author)

    Thanks Renate! I’m going to have plenty to blog about too when I make the trip. 🙂

  3. Mark

    Great story, I love it when folks go out of there way to help others see the graves of their family. There is something special about seeing it.

  4. taneya (Post author)

    thanks Mark. Yes, it is special and I can’t wait to see it in person.

  5. Aquita Blount

    This is amazing. I too am a decendant of the McNair family. My grandmother was Alice V. McNair who was married to John Clinton Blount Sr. I was just in Plymouth last April to bury my Aunt Clarestine who’s remains were laid to rest in the Rufus Cemetary. I am always searching for relatives and information about my family history and Taneya I think what you are doing is a great thing. I live in NY but get to Plymouth quite often. I hope we can meet face to face one day soon.

    God Bless,
    Aquita Blount

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